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1.       Richie Elliot, from Estill, SC  -  Pilot  -  Recently passed away.

2.       Deane C. Avery, from Stonington, CT  Pilot  -  Passed away May 12, 2010

3.       R.W.(Bill) Holladay was a pilot in VB 84.  Passed in 1991

4.     Cmdr. Harold Gordinier, November 23, 1921—April 28, 2012


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Obituary for Commander Harold Raymond Gordinier USN Retired

       Obituary for Commander Harold Raymond Gordinier USN RetiredCommander Harold R. Gordinier; USN (Retired) of Annapolis, MD died on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Ginger Cove in Annapolis, MD. He was 90. Born on November 23, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was the fourth of ten children born to William Coe and Verna Thornberg Gordinier.
Harold (Ham) Gordinier joined the Navy as an aviation cadet in May 1942 and received his wings and commission in October 1943. He flew dive-bombers from the aircraft carrier Bunker Hill (CV-17), during operations on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. As part of squadron VB-84, Gordinier attacked aircraft and engine plants on the Japanese Home Islands and took part in the bombing of the Japanese aircraft carrier Unryu. He earned a purple heart when The USS Bunker Hill was struck by Kamikaze aircraft in May 1945. He returned to service and participated in the operation that sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Yamato. In the Korean War, Gordinier flew rescue helicopters from the USS Valley Forge (CV 45), and British carriers HMS Theseus, and HMS Glory. He earned three distinguished Flying Crosses, four Air Medals, and his squadron earned two Presidential Unit Citations. Later in his military career, he flew jet aircraft in conjunction with the development of the guided missile program.
After retirement from the Navy, Ham joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a member of the technical staff where he served in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and the Marshall Islands. In 1987 after 24 years in the Navy and 22 years at MIT, Ham retired to enjoy his free time in Massachusetts, South Carolina, and eventually relocated to Annapolis, Maryland. Ham was an avid golfer; a volunteer for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; and was very active in the Ginger Cove community during his 14 years of residence.
He is survived by his four children: Gail Rauls, (Rich), of Honolulu, HI; Cecelia Orr, (Bill), of Crownsville, MD; Francene Creamer, (Jeff), of Seekonk, MA; and Patrick Gordinier, (Jeanne) of Stevensville, MD; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Sally Harvey in 1993.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 3 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Queenstown, MD. Interment will be in Acton, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation @
For those interested, a block of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express, 1020 Kent Narrows Road, Grasonville, MD 21638. You may reach them at 410-827-4454.

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On behalf of the USS Bunker Hill Association CV-17 members and shipmates of Cmdr. Harold Gordinier we offer our condolences to his family and friends.

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Obituary for Alexander Hall Domonkos

Born: Bridgeport         Pilot—VB 84     USS Bunker Hill
Lived: Shelton

On Friday, April 27, at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Alex Domonkos passed away at the age of 91. Born on December 6, 1920 in Bridgeport, CT, to Alexander and Ethel Domonkos, Alex attended local schools before entering the Yale School of Fine Arts. He interrupted his university education to serve as a navy pilot during WWII. A recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals, Alex flew a carrier-based dive bomber from the USS Bunker Hill and took part in the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as in the first carrier strikes on Tokyo. After the war, Alex returned to the Yale School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated with top honors. He then joined The Famous Artists School in Westport, where his colleagues included America’s top illustrators, painters and cartoonists, including such talents as Norman Rockwell, Doris Lee and Rube Goldberg. Alex also became a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Redding Ridge, CT, where he lived for a long time with his wife Wini and their children before he eventually moved to Shelton. Alex went on to become a Vice President at Famous Artists School International, helping to establish branch schools in Japan, the Netherlands and also in Monaco, where the Domonkos family spent two years. Following his work at FAS, Alex worked as an arts editor for North Light Press and Dover Press, as a set and background designer for Telemedia and Cablevision, as an art teacher at Sacred Heart University and, until very recently, as an art instructor at senior centers in Stratford, Shelton, Trumbull and Derby. After a long and rewarding life filled with work, art, teaching and a love of both knowledge and precision, Alex leaves behind three children, Bob, Jane and Don; a sister, Joan Delaney; five grandchildren, Irini, Sara, Andy, Sean and Liam; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Avery; many well-loved nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and their children as well; and a wide circle of good friends, including many of his previous students. Alexander’s memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Edward F. Adzima Funeral Home, 253 Elizabeth St., Derby, CT 06418 at 2pm.

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